Today I’m joining Erika from MCM Mama Runs, Patty from My No-Guilt Life, and April from Run the Great Wide Somewhere for the Tuesdays on the Run Linkup. This week’s topic is Race Day Rituals. This is a great topic for this week since in three short days I’ll be on my way to Virginia Beach for Shamrock weekend.
My race day rituals actually start the night before the race, when I lay out my race day outfit. I always love taking my “Flat Kathryn” photo. After getting my race bib, taking my flat race photo always makes race day seem like its really the next day.
In addition to laying out my race outfit the night before, I also try to get everything else laid out that I’ll need on race day, including my Garmin, race fuel (usually a combination of Gu Energy Gels and Clif Shot Bloks, depending on the length of the race), my hydration belt (I usually wear my belt for any races 10k or longer in distance), my sunglasses, and Body Glide. If I’m going to check a gear bag, I make sure that its packed, which usually includes a change of clothes and sandals to put on my feet after the race.
On race morning itself, I always take a shower. Showers help me to wake up, and I like having a clean face and body when I go to run a race. While this ritual might seem odd to some, I find a shower to be useful.
After I’m dressed, I eat my usual race day breakfast: a peanut butter sandwich and a banana. When I travel for a race, I usually bring the food I need with me. You never want to try something new on race day, and you never know what a hotel or nearby restaurant might have available.
Once I’m at the race, I always make sure to take lots of pictures before, during, and after the race. I usually bring my “running” camera with me. Its a small, cheap Canon camera that Preston and I had to buy from a Best Buy Express on our honeymoon after our old point and shoot camera broke only a couple of days into our trip. While it isn’t an advanced camera by any means, it takes better quality pictures than my phone does, and has a strap, so if I want to I’m able to keep it around my wrist while running a race. And since it wasn’t an expensive camera, I won’t be heartbroken if it accidentally gets dropped.
And if its a race that I’ve earned a medal at, my race day experience isn’t complete until I’ve taken a picture with my medal.
Speaking of races, have you entered my Magical Miles giveaway yet? This book is a perfect resource for any runner thinking about running a race at Disney World.
QOTD: What is one of your race day rituals?